Movie versions of books pale in comparison


The movie version of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is based on the first book of a series by Cassandra Clare.

Destiny De La Paz, Staffer

IMG_1691Nothing angers me more than when I read an amazing book or book series and directors ruin it with bad movies. I can understand them wanting to bring a beautiful piece of literature to life, but there is a way to do it.

When I watch these movies I feel like the directors haven’t even read the book, or they don’t even know anything that has to do with the characters and the story line. I know I am not the only one who feels this way and I have some fellow book lovers on my side so I am just going to consider myself a spokesperson for this topic.

When I read the first book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones, I really enjoyed the book. The creativity and amazing imagery had me wanting more. I was hooked – I mean, talk about a page turner.

Shortly after starting the second book, City of Ashes, I heard that they came out with a movie for the first book. I immediately watched it. Worst. Mistake. Of. My. Life. The movie was a disgrace to the author, Cassandra Clare. I am surprised that she didn’t sue the people for making such a bad movie. I read from multiple sources that many did not agree with the way that the movie was directed. Because of the fact that most, if not all key parts were not correct in the movie and they changed the background of a main character.

In the end, I can say that the movie did not do the book justice. I feel like when fans want a movie to go with an amazing book they want a play-by-play of every page in the book which obviously can’t happen or else we would have a seven-plus hour movie. There are many other great books made into horrible adaptations – Inkhart, Eragon, The Lightning Thief, The Golden Compass.

This is a growing problem that could be solved very easily with more communication between the writer of the book and the director of the movie. Extreme fans can just not watch the movies to avoid total outrage. In the end, I still encourage all to read their hearts out and skip the terrible movie.